Indonesia Earthquake Kills Many, Thousands Trapped

World | September 30, 2009, Wednesday // 17:03|  views

Thousands of people are feared dead after the Sumatra earthquake. Photo by Indonesian Metro TV

Thousands of people are trapped under rubble and at least 75 are dead after a strong earthquake shook the Indonesian island of Sumatra, officials say.

The epicentre of the 7,6-magnitude quake was about 50km off the coast, near the city of Padang. It destroyed hotels, homes, bridges and the airport.

Officials said the quake triggered a landslide that cut off land transport to the area closest to the epicentre. Power and telecommunications were also cut.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has lifted the tsunami watch it put out, the BBC reported.

It comes hours after a tsunami triggered by an unrelated earthquake in the South Pacific killed more than 100 people across a number of islands.

Witnesses said residents ran out of buildings in Padang - which has a population of 900 000 - and surrounding cities.

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Tags: Indonesia, Earthquake, collapse, buildings, rubble, panic, Padang


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